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this cover, is america still number one? nobody knows, job growth is on the right path right now but if we don't cut the debt, will america's greatness end, and if we don't invest in education and research, will greatness end? decade after decade, we relearn that the american belief in our strength tends to be self sulfilling and presidents to speak to that faith in the future tend to lead there and those who speak to worry don't do as well. jimmy carter, 1979. >> the erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of america. >> the 2012 race will test president obama's ability to inspire confidence, optimism in the future in the face of increasing global rivalries. there's a big partisan divide on this and nbc's last poll, 39% of democrats said the country's in decline, just 39%. but look at this jump. 58% of independents and 69% of republicans who live in the same country think we're in decline. rick, big differential there. how will this play out as we pick another president or keep this one? >> part of what makes us great, chris, i
>>> this sunday, what do the events sweeping the mid east mean for america's fragile economic economy, as gas prices spike around the country? and the budget battle in washington. >>> the latest proposal is unacceptable and it's indefensible. >>> the white house and republicans are far apart on how deeply to cut govovernment spending. but is there an opening to fix budget-busting programs like social security and medicare? i'll ask my exclusive guests this morning, white house chief of staff william daley. >>> and is the tea party creating division amongst republicans or laying the foundation for successful challenge for the president in 2012? we have the head of the tea party caucus in the house, republican from minnesota, michele bachmann. finally, politically analysis on the crisis in libya, the spending fight in washington and new moves of potential gop contenders for 2012. of with us, eugene robinson and columnist for the "new york times" and author of the new book, "the social animal," david times" and author of the new book, "the social animal," david brooks. captions
news tonight for some of the largest cities in america, and what it says about all of us. >>> and "making a difference." a woman on a mission to fight the battle of the bulge, one entire town at a time. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, with cruise missiles and air strikes reigning down on his country, moammar gadhafi has not only survived any of the strikes that might have landed near him, tonight he appeared on libyan tv in front of a crowd of supporters in tripoli, vowing to be victorious in the end. the u.s. lost a jet there today, an older fighter jet, mechanical failure they say, and not a shootdown. both pilots are okay. but it could have ended much differently. and in the beginning stages still of this so far u.s.-led attack, a lot of people are wondering how this ends. we begin tonight with our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening? >> reporter: good evening, brian. for american air crews, this is about as tense as it gets. and it took more than 12 hours to safely recover both of the do
against drug smugglers. >>> "america at the crossroads." tonight why america's losing some of the best and brightest and how to keep them here. >>> and tired of it all. alarming news about a problem that impairs our economy, our health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the president of the united states is now on record. the longtime libyan leader needs to leave and change must now come to libya. this is how the president put it at the white house today. >> let me just be very unambiguous about this. colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. that is good for his country. it is good for his people. it's the right thing to do. >> of course, that brings us to the question about how to do that, how to finish what the libyan uprising has started. there's growing support for a so-called no-fly zone, but the defense secretary continues to warn americans that would first mean a u.s. air attack on libya. moammar gadhafi has lost control of
in wisconsin with time running out. tonight, is there a deal to end the standoff? >>> america at the crossroads. all week long our reports here on america's changing economy. tonight, are we keeping up in the search for the next big thing? >>> and the winner is -- the good, the bad and the ugly at this year's oscars. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the situation in libya is now a lot more serious where the u.s. is concerned. u.s. navy ships are being readied for a number of possible options here including possibly enforcing a no-fly zone. moammar gadhafi spoke again today on two television networks an interview the u.s. immediately called delusional. all this time the forces against him are closing in. we begin tonight with this elevation in the urgency on the part of the u.s. and others, and our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evenin
now and 2015 to make america the center of building capacity for batteries that will be used in the new cars of the future, from 4% to over -- >> what about the shorter term? does the president -- strategic reserve, is the president considering doing something that can arrest that spike? >> well, we're looking at the options. there's -- the issue of the reserves is one we're considering. it is something that only is done -- has been done in very rare occasions. there's a bunch of factors that have to be looked at. and it is just not the price. again, the uncertainty -- i think there is no doubt that the uncertainty in the middle east right now has caused tremendous increase in the last number of weeks. >> but it's on the table, which i think is significant. >> well, all matters have to be on the table when you go through -- when you see the difficulty coming out of this economic crisis we're in. and the fragility of it. >> i want to ask more about the recovery, but i want to stay with oil and the crisis in the middle east. over the weekend, fighting in libya has expanded. we
,000. and now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in california, a rescue team was called in. the team was set many motion after a driver attempted to cross a creek bed and became stuck. the first day of spring hit california with heavy, pounding rain and strong winds. the car's occupants were all rescued without injury. in arkansas train derailment had led to the death of a motorist. the driver was waiting at a track crossing when one of five derailed cars landed on top of the vehicle crushing it. investigators worked throughout the night to determine what caused the derailment and to remove the railcar from the scenes. finally, in new york, dozens of men have more than a little off the top at the annual st. baldrick's charity event. they had buzz cuts and became clean-shaved to raise money for children's cancer. it was a success raising more than $30,000, and it also gave the men a chance to show solidarity for children who lost their hair during chemotherapy. >>> well, now a look at your national and regional weather, here is bill karins with the weather chan
for the country, really, is, is this a real debate about balancing america's budget, or is this actually a debate just about cutting spending which is the political hot button and what republicans have campaigned on because if it's about cutting spending, there is no advantage to the president sticking out his neck on this one. chris: reagan tried to cut it all the time and never was. norah, the question that comes to us is this, two-thirds of the american people say don't raise the retirement age. it's right now 66. it's going up to 67 by the year 2025. you and i were talking earlier, it may go up at the end of the adventure to 69 and that scares people but enough to say don't do it. >> well, there is reportedly a split in the white house between the political team that says don't touch it and the economic team that says you have to touch it. chris: gene sperling and geithner say cut it. >> the political people say don't do this, certainly during election. president in his state-of-the-union address said we have to tackle entitle wanted, he proposed and put forward. he came out with the proposal
making news early today in america. in hawaii, a store security camera captured another example of the strength of last week's tsunami. powerful waves crashed through the glass windows of a clothing store. the shop owner had only been open for six months. fortunately she has insurance that will help cover the damage. >>> in ohio, cascading rocks made driving conditions very dangerous along one road in the eastern part of the state. this was the third rock slide in a week, forcing officials to shutdown traffic in both directions. cleanup crews have a big job ahead of them, but are being kept away until the hillside is stable. >>> finally, in florida, it may have been the luck of the irish or a large appetite that earned one man the fastest eater title at the annual corn beef sandwich eating contest. a crowd of 200 watched as competitors chowed down for ten minutes. the winner, joey chestnut, you know him, right? downed 14 1/2 sandwiches taking home a $12,500 check. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather cha
america amid criticism of his leadership of the attack on libya. the president says he has, quote, absolutely no doubt that a successful transition of power to coalition powers will take place in a matter of days. critics call that optimistic. tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest on this. tracie, good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the president is due back later this afternoon to deal with all this. while in el salvador he made the decision to get involved because the cost outweighed the benefits. not everyone here on capitol hill agrees. in fact, some lawmakers who both support and are against this action say he should have consulted congress first. he may have overstepped his constitutional authority by doing so. one lawmaker, dennis kucinich of ohio, is calling it possible an impeachable offense and is seeking a resolution to stop all action immediately in libya on behalf of the united states. even supporters say he's got to come back and seek an authorization of force from congress. how long might we be involved? secretary of state clinton s
world. >>> plus, america at the crossroads. women on the verge of a comeback. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if you look at the numbers, the news is good. not so good if you have to get gas this weekend. here's what we mean. it's in the form of today's economic news. unemployment is down to a rate of 8.9%. of course the administration today said this is proof their policies are working. the bad news, the revolt in nations like libya, where we'll be taking you in a moment, is driving up oil prices. up over $2.50 a barrel today to close now at over $104 a barrel. national average for a gallon of gas is now close to $3.50, but we'll also take you tonight to where high test is selling for $5 a gallon. so we have all three fronts covered tonight, from here to north africa, beginning with white house correspondent savannah guthrie on the numbers today making news. savannah, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. after so many months of disappointment, finally today a jobs report that met expectations. there are signs
. >>> america at the crossroads, what skills are folks going to need in this economy, and how to get them. tom brokaw with tonight's report. >>> "making a difference" for young superheroes. using the power of fun to help build strong minds. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the white house reported some new numbers today about women in this country. and while in many ways women continue to pass men by, an old problem is just as bad, just as serious, and it continues to hold women back economically. while female students were something of a novelty at some colleges and universities just two, three generations ago, they're now the majority on campus. but then comes the problem, the pay gap in the workplace, and that hasn't changed. it's where we begin tonight with nbc news white house correspondent savannah guthrie. savannah, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. aides say this white house report compiles a mountain of federal data to provide a snapshot of where women are in 2011. the kind of project a white house hasn't undertak
america to stop gadhafi from firing on his own people. we have this all covered tonight with our correspondents throughout the region. we want to begin at the pentagon with our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. u.s. warplanes and coalition aircraft are in the air again tonight over libya, on the prowl for targets of opportunity. libyan anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies over tripoli tonight. another futile attempt to defend against overwhelming american attacks. a dozen more cruise missiles pounded libyan military targets as u.s. marine harrier jets destroyed a convoy of armored vehicles south of benghazi. in chile today, president obama said the coalition assault was absolutely necessary to prevent the massacre of defenseless libyans by moammar gadhafi. >> a leader who has lost his legitimacy decides to turn his military on his own people. we can't simply stand by with empty words. >> reporter: in two days of intensive bombing, u.s. and coalition forces have wiped out most of libya's air defenses and safely establishe
will happen with oil, and the second anniversary of the bull market. my conversation with the ceo of america's largest bank. why debit, credit, and checking will all cost you more, and why he says washington is to blame. >>> and can america afford not to invest in innovation? we'll talk to young scientists about the problem of getting funding, and whether the u.s. will be left behind in the research war. "the wall street journal report" begins right now. >> this is america's number one financial news program, "the wall street journal report." now maria bartiromo. >> here is a look at what is making news as we head into a new week on wall street. like most 2-year-olds, it can be cranky and moody. but the bull market celebrated its second birthday this week. the markets hit bottom on march 9th, 2009 after the financial crisis. since then, the dow is up better than 80%. the s&p 500 up better than 90%. but the question is will high oil and gasoline prices derail the rally? crude oil touching two-year highs this week, staying north of the $100 a barrel mark. and gasoline hit an average of $3.52 a
. that may include tapping america's strategic oil reserve to help bring down prices. >> we're looking at the options. the issue of the reserves is one we're considering. it is something that only is done and has been done on very rare occasions. >> reporter: pump prices are topping $4 in some areas. we've all seen the cause. the unrest and upheaval rippling through libya and the middle east. we're all feeling the effects. that steady surge at the pump. it's threatening to increase the cost of everything, from food to air travel. and that's bad news for the economy. the last time prices spiked like this, the answer seemed simple. >> drill, baby, drill. >> reporter: but even drilling proponents realize energy is a long term problem. >> i'm buying an electric car tomorrow and that's going to give me the patriotic pleasure of plugging in and not sending money overseas to people trying to blow us up. >> reporter: rising prices and anxiety that go far beyond the pumps. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> in libya, a tug of war is under way over several towns in a battle between oppositio
at other stories making news early today in america. in florida, a mother took matters into her own hands when she slapped a child for allegedly hitting her daughter. she said she was defending her child when she boarded the bus to confront the boy. police did not agree with her method of mediation. she's been arrested and charged with child abuse. >>> in kentucky, one infant is lucky to be alive after an suv accidentally crashed into her home knocking the sleeping baby and her crib through a wall. the crash horrified her parents. after she discovered only a pile of wood and drywall where the baby's bed was. she was pulled from the debris wrapped in a blanket miraculously with only a scratch. >>> in connecticut, heavy rain and melting snow combined to cause major flooding in the western part of the state. rising waters turned streets into raging rivers that swallowed up cars and forced evacuations in some areas. emergency crews are on standby for additional flooding. >>> and, finally, this is really cool. this is in california. one recently popular animated film was recreated without any
. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in north dakota a fast-moving blizzard left hundreds of drivers stranded along the state's highways. officials say between 800 and 900 people were rescued from hundreds of cars after ice, snow, and 60-mile-per-hour winds combined to produce white-out conditions. tow trucks and the national guard were enlisted to help remove at least 500 abandoned cars. >>> in wisconsin a couple of drivers found out that they parked in the wrong spot after a massive sinkhole swallowed two cars. the 10 foot deep hole was caused by a water main break. city crews are now working to keep the hole from widening. >>> and, finally, in pennsylvania one group of teens is using faes book to help avoid prom dress disaster. the girls are posting photos of their prom dresses on a page called "please don't buy my dress." dozens have posted pictures of their elegant gowns hoping to insure that no two dresses are alike on the biggest night of their young lives. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meter olg b
, not only in the u.s. but throughout asia, africa, and south america that are all contributing to higher crude oil prices and consequently higher gasoline prices at the pump. >> reporter: those higher gas prices came as many were starting to feel better about the economy, but now any extra cash may be going right into the the tank. >> i think it's crazy. >> reporter: jason king spends $40 more a month on gas. >> pretty soon i'm going to have to start thinking about riding a bike or other means of transportation, definitely. >> reporter: in fact, those skyrocketing prices have some giving up the road for the rails. metro use in los angeles, up 10%. and across the country commuters are using the latest technology, smartphone apps and social media, to find the cheapest gas, anything to save a buck. >> everybody i know is trying to carpool and fill up the car as much as possible. >> reporter: gas prices hit a high in february, but in the weeks ahead spring is when prices typically rise the most. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> and as we mentioned at the top of the newscast, the ob
nightly news continues this saturday, america at the crossroads, from college campuses to the office. it's not what's missing, it's who's missing. >>> later, making a difference, how one artist who sees a big picture is making kids' dreams come true. >>> all this wiek in our special series "america at a crossroads," we've been looking at how changes at home and across the world are affecting our economy. last night we told you about growing opportunities for women. tonight we want to look at the flip side of that success. the sizeable and growing number of men who show finow find them ill-prepared for the workplace. chelsea barely notices it anymore, but go to almost any college campus in america today, and you'll notice something missing. >> all of my neighbors are girls, all of them are students and girls. getting on a bus, you're surrounded by girls. >> reporter: where did all the men go? once the vast majority, they now make up just 40% of the nation's college students. that can make women at schools like the university of georgia sometimes feel like they go to an all-girls college.
in south america in 1978. more than 300 of them were jirn and many of them poiseoned by san francisco base reverend jim jones and others were order shot by him. many of the victims are buried at oakland's evergreen cemetery. they are trying to get a granite wall to honor the children. issues with financing, the neighborhood and the company building the monument continue to hold up the process. >> thanks for the memories. and so we say to you, and those of you, we thank you for the memory. >> well, the group contends the evergreen cemetery is unwilling to move forward and has refused to communicate with them. the cemetery and its neighbors say that the hill where the memorial is planned cannot support it structurally. the group though plans to continue its fight. >> developing right now, the san mateo police department is finishing its investigation in the officer-involved shooting. >> let's get more now live from police headquarters. this happened late this morning and finally getting answers to what led to all of this. is that correct? >> reporter: yes. the shooting is still under investi
, we can't cut into our seed core. we can't cut into things that help america grow and create jobs like education or cancer research or food safety, things like that. and i think what you're finding, chuck, is you're going to find a turning point here. now that every democrat has rejected hr-1 and clearly doesn't have the votes to pass the senate, the ball shifts to speaker boehner. we've put some cuts on the table. we're willing to put more. but they have not said a single place where they would move off hr-1 and now it can't pass. so actually the action in the next week or two will occur behind-the-scenes. speaker boehner will have to meet with this e78s freshman republicans. some said they won't bouj. if he won't he may have to make a coalition with the democrats in the house. hr-1 can't pass. we're willing to be reasonable and meet in the middle as long as it doesn't cut the kinds of things that help america grow. the american people gave us two missions cut unnecessary programs but grow the economy and create jobs. we think we can do both. hr-1 only focus one. >> we're in our thir
tomorrow is going to begin hearings looking into muslims in america. he says he's trying to find fanatics, trying to root out terrorism, but he has stirred a lot of people up. while he admits he's obsessed with 9/11 and while he runs the house homeland security committee, tonight he is defending himself and his own past association with a terrorist organization of another kind in another time. nbc news capitol hill correspondent, kelly o'donnell, has our report, starts us off tonight. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. king says there has been a vicious overreaction to what he plans to do at tomorrow's hearing. he says the public needs to know how big a problem it is that a small number of american muslims are being turned against the u.s. he's under pressure and having to answer for his own past ties to a controversial and even violent group. known for being accessible and media friendly during 18 years in congress, tonight peter king says he's caught by surprise. >> i'm not overly modest or shy but i really do not expect to become the center of attention on this. >>
with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale. to brush aside america's responsibility as a leader and more profoundly our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. the united states of america is different. as president, i refuse to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. >> reporter: mindful of those worried about the u.s. getting involved in yet a third military conflict, the president emphasized that nato is now taking over command and control of the operation, and he also took on critics who have suggested the u.s. should do more to oust gadhafi. >> if we tried to overthrow gadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter. we would likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground to accomplish that mission, or risk killing many civilians from the air. to be blunt, we went down that road in iraq. thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our troops and the determination of our diplomats, we are hopeful about iraq's f
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. >> reporter: washington is facing mounting political pressure to do something that may include tapping america's strategic oil reserve to bring down prices. >> we're looking at options. the issue of the reserves is one we're considering. it is something that only is done and has been done in very rare occasions. >> reporter: pump prices are topping $4 in some areas. we've all seen the cause, the unrest and upheaval rippling through libya and the middle east. and we're all feeling the effects, that sudden surge at the pumps. it is threatening to increase the cost of everything, from food to air travel. and that's bad news for the economy. the last time prices spiked like this, the answer seemed simple. >> drill, baby, drill. >> reporter: but even drilling proponents realize energy is a long-term problem. >> i'm buying an electric car tomorrow, and that's going give me the patriotic pleasure of plugging in and not sending money overseas to people trying to blow us up. >> reporter: rising prices and anxiety that go far beyond the pumps. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> of course, if you went
are god's punishment for america tolerating gays. >> we're back to the basic proposition. the soldiers are dying for the sins of this nation. >> reporter: the phelps and their tiny westboro baptist church picketed the funeral of u.s. marine matthew snider, killed in iraq in 2006. snyder's father sued. >> i think it's an insult to every veteran out there that has served this country. >> reporter: the supreme court ruled the phelps are protected by the first amendment, right to free speech. chief justice roberts wrote for the majority. westboro may have chosen the picket location to increase publicity for its views and its speech may have been particularly hurtful to snyder. that does not mean that its speech should be afforded less than full first amendment protection. eight of the nine justices agreed. >> liberals and conservatives have united in this, on the side of free speech. >> reporter: justice samuel alito dissented, saying the phelps intentionally inflicted pain on the snyders. our commitment to free debate is not a license for an attack on matthew and his family at a time of a
.s., but throughout asia, africa and south america that are all contributing to higher crude oil prices and higher gasoline prices at the pump. >> the highest prices felt here in the golden state where some places near $5 a gallon. >> hurt the pocket. especially with no job. >> higher gas prices mean everything costs more. from groceries, to airline tickets and popular vacation destinations. in north carolina, charter boat captains are worried about their livelihoods. >> if it hits like $4 a gallon, we burn 400 gallon ons a trip, that's $1600 to make the trip just for the feel. >> now with oil selling for more than $100 a barrel, the white house is considering tapping into the strategic oil reserves. the high price of gas is also raises the prices of just about everything besides gas we buy. food, electronics. tonight at 6:00, we'll introduce you to a silicon valley company helps to bring those prices down and save you money. >> premium unleaded, $4.25 a gallon. if your car has a meter. use it. those cars save 5 to 15% on gas mileage. also, don't warm up your car. start it and drive immediately. m
, america has unique capabilities, and we will bring them to bear to help our european and canadian allies and arab partners, to stop further violence against civilians. >> reporter: meanwhile, back in washington, a group of demonstrators protested any involvement of american troops who still have a footprint in two war zones. brian moore, nbc news, washington. >> today there are new concerns in japan's nuclear crisis. firefighters continue to spray water on the damaged nuclear power plant in fukushima, but now japanese leaders say harmful radiation levels have been defected in food and water near the plant. nbc's robert bazell has the latest from tokyo. >> reporter: there's two pieces of important news today concerning the crippled nuclear reactors north of here. there's electricity at two of them. they'll try to get the pumps working. others, diesel-powered generators do have the coolant falling. and the big fire trucks we've been seeing so much have poured 1,500 gallons into one of the tanks. the other thing we've heard is that the japanese government found trace amounts of radiation in
in wisconsin. >>> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in california launching a $224 million satellite to study the earth's climate has ended in failure rsh a protective cover caused a drag on the rocket when it failed to separate. a similar mishap took place in 2009 when a satellite didn't have the speed to reach orbit and plummeted into the ocean. in texas, a suspected burglar scene went horribly wrong when he got stuck trying to break into a vacant home through the chimney. police came to his rescue after neighbors heard screams for help. firefighters used a crane to free the suspect before turning him over to police. >>> in new york, a teacher has add some bounce in the classroom. she's removed the students' chairs and replaced them with stability balls. the change has not only helped the children concentrate on their lessons, but it's said to help increase muscle necessary core areas that increase posture. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. he is doing
. >> reporter: the lesson so far is that america and our allies have used violence to save many libyan lives, but have failed to remove moammar gadhafi from power. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> almost a year after the start of the gulf coast oil disaster, the justice department is considering manslaughter charges in the deaths of 11 workers killed when the deepwater horizon rig exploded. according to "the washington post," any such charges would probably involve bp or transocean which leaked the rig to bp. a bp employee has lost a laptop containing the personal data of 18,000 people who filed claims because of the disaster. bp has mailed letters notifying them of the potential breach. >>> the u.s. government says it is sending robotic equipment to japan to help the country regain control of its crippled nuclear plant. such devices built to withstand radiation, they could work presumably in areas where radiation levels could harm or kill humans. meanwhile, the japanese government is now admitting what many assumed, that its safeguards to protect the facility against an earth
in america. in colorado, two men trying to rob a store got a big surprise. video shows clerk lunging for the gun and wrestles him to the floor. clerk escorts suspect out of the store with a pellet gun. in texas, one person was killed when a truck collided on a highw highway. the truck was going on the wrong way on the highway. in florida, stunt plane fell from the sky. pilot was performing a routine maneuver when the plane crashed. and in michigan, one school had the day off but not because of snow. drivers arrived early monday morning to find a fleet of flat tires. so far, no word on who let the air out of more than 50 school bus buss. and now for a look at your national and regional weather. bill, i don't know maybe we shouldn't be giving the kids any ideas. >> that is a bad prank. that one is going to cost a lot of money and let's chat about the forecast. it is cold across the country. as we end the month of march, heading and look towards april, the windchills are below freezing. we are above in the pacific northwest. rain, worse than what they are dealing with in other areas. wh
his goal was to prevent more terrorism in america not to question the patriotism of american muslims. the main point of the hearing was not controversial. >> that homegrown radicalization is part of al qaeda's strategy to continue attacking the united states. >> reporter: no question. radicalized virginia born doctor nadal hassan killed 14 people at ft. hood. carlos bledsoe killed a private in little rock. his father says he was recruited at a tennessee mosque. >> he was manipulated and lied to. >> reporter: leaving for jihad in somalia. his uncle said u.s. muslims looked the other way. >> we never got help from our leaders. from ouring orrists, big islamic organizationists. >> reporter: should american muslims do more to stop al qaeda recruitment. saying yes. >> the u.s. has a problem with muslim radicalization. i'm muslim and realize it's my problem. >> reporter: but holding musliming to account for the crimes of a few angered many leaders. >> islamic muslims have spoken many times against violent extremi extremism. >> reporter: a muslim in congress remembered a first responder kil
stories making news early today in america. in florida, last night a major fire erupted in a fuel tank parked at miami international airport, just unbelievable flames there. it took significant manpower to put out the blaze. approximately 20 crews were on scene battling those flames. at this time it's unclear how the fire started or if it will cause flight delays. >>> in texas, an accident between an 18-wheeler and a car left the big rig dangling over the side of an elevated ramp. using a fire truck ladder, a rescue crew managed to safely pull the truck driver from the cab. crews are working to see if anyone is trapped in the car under the rig. the wreck is expected to create a nightmare for morning commute drivers. >>> in pennsylvania, severe storm system delivered a one-two punch of wild weather in some locations. golf ball sized hail pummeled various areas while a tornado touched down in the western part of the state, tearing the roofs off several homes and businesses. officials say no serious injuries have been reported. >>> and finally in minnesota, wind gusts of 50 miles per hour
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's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. >>> in washington a natural gas explosion earlier this week was caught on cell phone camera. investigators say the eruption of flames was sparked by a fire at a bus fueling island inside a local transportation headquarters. firefighters gained control of the fire within an hour. >>> in massachusetts a store clerk turned the table on a would-be robber's attempt to hold up her store. after being threatened with a knife, she struck back with a weapon of her own and chased the suspect out of the store. the store clerk says she was afraid, but acted on instinct. police have not yet made an arrest. >>> in kentucky a driver who swerved his truck to avoid a deer instead ran into a river. miraculously he was able to survive byç scrambling out of s car before it washed over a dam. the driver was treated for only minor injuries. sfwlirchlgts and, finally, in "new york times" square is the back drop for five new pieces of art. the sculptures range in size and style and include a super sized rodent. one resembling bubbling sea
in america. in california, approximately 1 million fish turned up dead in the king harbor marina, creating a smorgasbord of sardines for pelicans and sea gulls as well as a mysterious mess for officials. the cause of death is unknown, but all indications point to suffocation due to lack of oxygen in the water. pretty nasty, though. >>> also in california, high winds may have caused a huge eucalyptus tree to blow over on to a home. wind gusts blew through los angeles at the time the tree came down. it took out part of the home and nearly crushed one man inside. the 59-year-old was hospitalized with minor injuries. >>> in washington, a dog trainer has been branded a hero for saving one of his canine students after she stopped breathing. the trainer jumped into action when the dog went into a seizure. he performed cpr. shortly after, the dog began to breathe on its own. >>> finally, in louisiana a rowdy bunch of revellers wrapped up mardi gras on a high note. they turned new orleans into party central, making this year's event, according to organizers, the biggest turnout since hurricane katr
news early today in america. home video from a viewer in oregon shows boats tossed around as if they were toys. brookings harbor port was broken apart. officials say the damage ranged from $10 million to $13 million. a disaster assessment team has visited the area to determine if it's eligible for federal relief. >>> military units from across the nation headed to the hoosier state to take part in moch nuclear disaster drills. the dooms day scenario called for an emergency response to a nuclear explosion, which collapsed buildings, search and rescue, as well as decontamination. organizers say preparation is even more essential in light of the current situation in japan. >>> finally, a virginia search and rescue team is on the ground in japan. the fairfax county based crew was deployed to the city of ofunato in the wake of the tsunami. they along with a crew from los angeles have recovered several remains and are still searching through the debris. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel foreca
attempted something today other presidents have attempted. he set an ambitious goal for breaking america's reliance on foreign oil. white house correspondent savannah guthrie at the white house tonight with more on this. savannah, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the president said today we americans have kind of a familiar pattern. we go from shock when prices go up at the pump to a trance when they go back down, never solving the underlying problems. like many presidents before him, he vowed today to change that. >> the president of the united states. >> reporter: under pressure with gas prices at home surging and unrest in the middle east spreading, president obama today outlined his plan to wean america off foreign oil. >> and we will keep on being a victim to shifts in the oil market until we finally get serious about a long-term policy for a secure, affordable energy future. >> reporter: the president's goal, cut oil imports by a third over ten years, by reducing u.s. consumption, greater use of clean energy, biofuels and natural gas, and by boosting oil and gas prod
and team from benghazi tonight, thank you. >>> president obama now back in washington from latin america a few hours earlier than he had planned. chief white house correspondent chuck todd has been traveling all along with the president, he too back at the white house tonight. chuck, what is the white house doing in the face of what is starting to be domestic criticism of this? >> reporter: that's right. look, they cut it short a little bit because there was a planned photo op, tour of mayan ruins in el salvador and they cut that short in lieu of a longer briefing on libya. the white house is sensitive to this perception that during this five-day swing in latin america that somehow the president didn't look like he was on top of the libya situation. that said, within minutes that he landed on the ground, he was hit with bipartisan congressional criticism. speaker of the house john boehner sent the president a letter with what boehner says are a slew of unanswered questions on a mission he says is not clearly defined. former house speaker and leader of the democrats, nancy pelosi, put out
tonight, a big development involving one of america's best known brand names. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it hasn't been stopped cold, but it has been slowed way down. this rebel uprising in libya that made such progress early on and seemed to be coming after moammar gadhafi is now under attack, and has slowed down. and while a lot of libya remains under rebel control. tripoli is holding as gadhafi territory. the military is attacking using real weapons against people, while the whole region may be changing, change may take a long time. and libya's long time leader has no plans to give up easily. we begin tonight again with nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel in tripoli. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. gadhafi is using both brute force, killing his own people and trying to control journalists, all in an effort to stop this rebellion. air power and gadhafi's trained army are driving back, motivated but undisciplined rebels as they struggle to advance. in ras lanouf, an oil town on the m
. the president back in the white house after his trip to latin america met with his national security team today. as the pentagon announced the u.s. is drawing back from leading the operation. >> nearly all, some 75% of the combat air patrol missions in support of the no-fly zone are now being executed by our coalition partners. >> reporter: despite that claim, americans have been flying 70% of all combat missions this week, leading to questions from congress about america's role. in a letter to the president, house speaker john boehner complained that the administration has not clearly defined the libya mission. today press secretary jay carney responded, but would not let cameras record the briefing. >> and we have in a very substantial way consulted with congress and we'll continue to do that. >> reporter: even many democrats agree with the republican speaker that the president should do more to explain his goals. >> the boehner questions are valid. he's asking what's the duration, what's the mission, what's the cost, what's our exit strategy. and i think the president needs to answer these q
to artificial food colors. today the grocery manufacturer's of america insist there's no link to adhd, and we're always producing the safest possible product for our consumers. now an fda panel will decide whether food dyes are safe enough to remain on america's store shelves. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> tonight, the fbi's trying to figure out how it is a bullet hole's been discovered in a usairways 737 that last flew from philly to charlotte yesterday. it was discovered upon landing. officials tell nbc news it was a .40 caliber round that penetrated the skin of the aircraft. it was found inside. it appears from the angle of the trajectory, it entered the plane from above. they say there's no reason to believe it was anything other than a freak occurrence. >>> when we come back here tonight, our "making a difference" report on the people who sometimes beat the first responders in their rush to help. >>> it's time now for our "making a difference report." and in our line of work we show up at a lot of disasters. and often the first people we see arriving on the scene to jump in, he
for a group from kansas that believes america is morally flawed and while the court said today many americans may feel the same way about that group, the constitution protects even messages that society finds offensive. the court sided with members of the tiny westboro kansas baptist church who has protested at hundreds of military funerals and claimed that u.s. war deaths were god's punishment for the nation's acceptance of gay rights. when they showed up at the funeral of matthew snyder, a marine killed in iraq, they carried signs that said "thank god for dead soldiers" and "god hates you." that outraged snyder's father who sued the group for emotional distress. but today the supreme court said the group demonstrated in a public place on issues of public concern and obeyed local laws, keeping them 1,000 feet from the church. writing for eight members of the court, chief justice john roberts said speech is powerful and can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and as it did here, inflict great pain, but he said the government cannot react to that pain by punishing
of the president of the united states and the president of brazil toasting. so even here in latin america, he can't escape the story on libya, lester. >> chuck todd with the president tonight. thank you. >>> here to share some military insight into all this now is retired u.s. army general barry mccaffrey, an nbc news analyst. let me ask you first, general, are we at war? this is obviously more than a no-fly zone patrol. is this war? >> it couldn't be. otherwise, the war powers act of 1973 would have been invoked. lester, what happened today was extremely good performance by the u.s. armed forces. clearly, we now dominate libyan airspace. that's a good thing. a good thing so that uk and france and u.s. fighter bombers can go take down his center of gravity, which is tanks, artillery, armored personnel carriers. and they started that, which is even better news. finally, admiral mike mullen this morning essentially said we are also going to take down his logistics system. so, for the time being, i think we've stopped gadhafi in his tracks. >> are there limits to the use of air power under these cir
his tour of latin america. it's a move that is drawing some criticism from the right. >> he is in brazil in south america, kicking soccer balls with little boys instead of being back here in washington, d.c. as our commander in chief. >> look, the blood of americans is on gadhafi's hands because we know that he was responsible for pan am 103. we should be removed from power. >> reporter: president obama says he still wants to transfer control of the operation to nato, but he says no timetable for that has been set up. garvin thomas, nbc bay area news. >> okay, garvin, thank you. >>> we continue our coverage on the ongoing disaster in japan. the official death toll has now passed 9,000 people, with at least 13,000 more missing. in a scene eerily reminiscent of a scene after katrina, a sports arena near tokyo is home to about 2300 people from the fukushima prefecture. meanwhile, concern continues over the quake-rattled nuclear plant, with smoke, steam, and radiation still escaping from the reactors. all workers were back on the job today at that crippled reactor site. milk fro
and causing a bull-up of hydrogen gas. the u.s. passion protects america's nuclear weapons has deployed a team of experts to monitor these radiation risks and reportedly this team includes a crew from the lawrence livermore lab. the japanese government is warning people living within 19 miles to stay inside or evacuate. a bay area expert tells us, it is too early to tell what the impact will be. >> at this point in time it is very hard to judge any situation. the worst-case scenario is that we see more radiation released from the nuclear power plants. at this point we don't have sufficient information to assess where it is going. >> there is a local impact here. the problems in japan have californians concerned about the two nuclear power plants here in this state. one in san onofre south of orange county in oceanside. the other in san luis obispo. both reactors were built to withstand a 7.0 quake. the one in japan was 9.0. >> thousands of no one and nowhere to turn, a few lucky families have been able to make it out of the island nation and leave the death, devastation and mounting radiation
america i asked him to describe the obama doctrine. he had just been on three different continents at that time. he said he wasn't ready to call at it doctrine. what he said two years ago is what played out today. no more junior partners or senior partners on the international stage. doesn't mean the u.s. won't lead on a set of principles but he want these multilateral coalitions and not just a group of countries but getting it legally basically getting the legal justification from institutions like the united nations and the arab league both of which we saw today. in many cases this is a blueprint for what an obama administration how they would have handled a rwanda or sudan. >> let's take a close are look at what the coalition forces were aiming at. more than 20 tar fwets the pentagon identified 11 of them around tripoli and other towns in western libya. joining us now we tired u.s. army general barry mccaffrey. >> very impressive operation. 1110 toma hawk missiles joined by one british submarine. the notion is create a benign environment so the british and french fighter bombers
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